Arkansas Homeschooling Laws and Requirements
*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates at the Arkansas Department of Education website.
Home School Rules and Laws
By law, every parent, guardian, or other person residing within the State of Arkansas having custody or charge of any child age five (5) through seventeen (17) years on or before August 1 of that year shall enroll and send the child to a public, private, or parochial school, or provide a home school for the child in accordance with the requirements of the home school law.
To homeschool in Arkansas, parents must submit a Notice of Intent to Homeschool (NOI).
Below is a list of the pertinent Arkansas Acts related to the Home School process in the state. Full documents of these Acts can be found on the Arkansas General Assembly website. For links to Arkansas and Federal Law sites, please see the Legal Links page. Based on these Acts, ADE has created Rules Governing Home Schools. You can find the current document on the ADE Rules Page.
- Act 635 – Amendments to the Home School Law
- Act 863 – Concerning the Enrollment or Re-enrollment of a Home Schooled Student in a Public School
- Act 592 – Concerning the Participation of Home Schooled Students in Interscholastic Activities
- Act 453 – Concerning the Participation of Home Schooled Students in Interscholastic Activities in Private Schools
- Act 173 – To Allow a Student Who Attends a Private School or a Home School to Enroll in an Academic Course within the Public School
More information can be found on the Arkansas Homeschool Fact Sheet.